Bluffing is Murder: A Lauren Rousseau Mystery

Bluffing is Murder: A Lauren Rousseau Mystery

by Tace Baker

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Summer promises to be anything but easy for Quaker linguistics professor Lauren Rousseau in this thrilling sequel to Speaking of Murder. With her boyfriend Zac returning to Haiti to visit his family, Lauren is on her own in Ashford, Massachusetts--and danger is never far behind.

Still reeling from an attack by her student's murderer, Lauren decides to brush up on her karate and finds herself drawn to handsome sensei Dan Talbot. During a run near the sea bluffs, she discovers the corpse of her insurance agent, Charles Heard, who is also a Trustee for one of the oldest land trusts in the country. Earlier that day, Lauren had a public argument with Heard over her policy-- and is now a suspect in the case.

Determined to clear her name, Lauren sets out to discover the real story behind the mismanaged land trust, the dead man's volatile sister--and a possible link to her own father's mysterious death more than a decade ago. But a near miss with a car, snippets of strange conversations in French and Farsi, slashed tires, and finding yet another attack victim on the beach make it clear that Lauren is also a target--and the killer is closing in.

Can Lauren discover the killer before she becomes the next victim?

"In this page-turner of a mystery, linguistics professor Lauren Rousseau uses her smarts, her Quaker faith, and her summer vacation to bring a vicious murderer--and a secret from her own past--into the light." -- Barbara Ross, Agatha-nominated author of the "Maine Clambake Mysteries" and co-editor of Level Best Books

"Starts with a bang and doesn't let up. Who knew Quakers could be so exciting! A wonderful addition to the Lauren Rousseau series!" --Philip Gulley, author, "Harmony" and "Hope" series and "Living the Quaker Way"

"No bluffing, you'll love Lauren Rousseau's second adventure. This is a smooth read with a lovely setting, appealing characters, lots of satisfying plot tangles, and a deep secret from Lauren's past to keep you turning these pages." --Kaye George, author, "Cressa Carraway Mysteries" and the "Fat Cat Mysteries"

Product Details

BN ID: 2940150501775
Publisher: Barking Rain Press
Publication date: 11/10/2014
Series: Lauren Rousseau Mysteries , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 180
Sales rank: 1,016,486
File size: 7 MB

About the Author

Tace Baker is a pseudonym for Edith Maxwell. Tace is an old-fashioned female Quaker name, fitting for the author of a series featuring a Quaker linguistics professor. Edith is a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime, and serves on the board of SINC New England. She is also a member of the Society of Friends.

Edith writes the "Local Foods Mysteries" featuring organic farmer Cam Flaherty and the local Locavore Club. The second book in the series, "‘Til Dirt Do Us Part," was released in May, 2014. As Maddie Day, Edith writes the "Country Store Mysteries," as well as the "Carriagetown historical mystery" series. She also writes award-winning short crime fiction.

She is a fourth-generation Californian with a PhD in linguistics, a black belt in karate, and several prior careers as a farmer, a childbirth educator, and a technical writer. She has two grown sons and lives north of Boston with her beau, three cats, and a small organic garden. She blogs every weekday with the Wicked Cozy Authors ( Look for her at, as Tace Baker on Facebook, @tacebaker, or at, as Edith M. Maxwell on Facebook, and @edithmaxwell, as well as on Pinterest.

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Bluffing is Murder: A Lauren Rousseau Mystery 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Running Danger Summer break has finally started at her college, and Lauren Rousseau can’t wait to have a more relaxed schedule.  Yes, she has some papers to write, but she has no classes to teach for the first time in years.  And after the events of the spring and messing with a killer, Lauren needs a break. And then she goes for a run on the beach and finds the dead body of Charles Heard, a member of the Trustees for a land trust in town.  Unfortunately, Lauren had argued with Charles in front of the police chief just the day before, so she finds herself a suspect.  Desperate to clear her name, she starts investigating.  Is the controversy over the trust to blame?  Or is there another motive for the murder? I just read the first in the series last month, so the characters were fresh in my mind as I started this one.  I definitely think that helped me appreciate the characters and their relationships more.  After reading this book, I’m definitely curious to see where Lauren’s love life will go.  I did find the plot a tad predictable but I still found the story compelling.  Besides, I had to see if I was right. This is an enjoyable book that will entertain you as you get the next chapter in Lauren’s life.  Fans of the first will definitely be glad they came along for this ride. NOTE: I was sent an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. SECOND NOTE: Tace Baker is the pen name of Edith Maxwell and not related to me.